Victorian era comb

The History of Lice Combs

Lice combs have been around for centuries.  When combs from the first century were discovered the archeologists thought they were just beautiful combs that were used every day.  It wasn’t until that they took a closer look that they found lice and eggs still stuck in the combs.  The ancient lice combs are double sided with more teeth on one side than the other.  One side was used to take the tangles out of the hair.  The side was used to take the lice and eggs out.

This design was used through the centuries in many different cultures.    These combs were made from wood, bone or ivory and often had intricate designs on them.  Unfortunately the design fell out of favour and was replaced with the cheap plastic combs that are currently used now.   If you have ever used these plastics combs you know that all they do is cause frustration as the lice and eggs go in between the teeth.

All through the centuries people knew the answer to lice removal was the comb.  The ancient design was good but it took many hours to remove everything.  Today families are busy and don’t have the hours required to remove lice and eggs.   So now you really need a great comb and Lice Services Canada has that comb.  The teeth are tight together and there is a microgroove that runs along each tooth.  These microgrooves help take out the eggs and lice easily.   This fantastic comb may not be a pretty as the ancient ones but they are very durable.  These combs can be sanitized and used on every family member and will last for years.

A 19th-century de-lousing comb made in India. (Photo: Science Museum, London, Wellcome Images

A 19th-century de-lousing comb made in India. (Photo: Science Museum, London, Wellcome Images

Scared mother reading her worried teenage daughter's diary

The world is over “I have lice”

As you can probably imagine the word lice would totally devastate any teenager.  Your teenager will think this is the end of the world!!!  They will think they are dirty and that if their friends find out they will be an outcast.  These are valid concerns from a teenager perspective but the myths need to be busted.

My advice to parents is to talk lice.  Talk lice before they get it and break the myths associated with lice.  When the friends are together talk about lice and that anyone can get it.  You may find that they will share experiences from the past.  Mention that yes it is a nuisance but can be dealt with quick and effectively.

Here is some important information to share with your teenager.

  • Lice actually prefer clean hair so having lice doesn’t mean you are dirty.
  • Lice like everyone from a newborn to a senior citizen so they aren’t the only one in the world with lice.
  • You don’t have to be itchy to have lice.  If a friend tells them they have lice have your head checked too even if you aren’t itchy.
  • Using a flat iron doesn’t work as you can’t get close enough without burning your scalp.
  • Putting homemade remedies such as mayonnaise on your head doesn’t work and can be dangerous as it creates salmonella.
  • Lice can be eliminated quickly if you know the facts and deal with it properly.  Don’t try any quick fixes as they don’t work.  Get the facts and deal with it safely and effectively. Using natural shampoo, a good comb and proper techniques is what works.
  • Telling your friends is a good thing so that they can all be checked and treated as necessary.  This stops the spread.

Lice is the topic no one wants to talk about but almost everyone at some point in their life will get.  Take the time to do your research and make good safe decisions about dealing with lice.  Remember many of the products bought at the drug store don’t work and many contain pesticides.  Some of these products claim to kill the eggs.  There is nothing on the market that kills the eggs so you need to manually remove all the lice and eggs.  This can be time consuming but it can be done using natural shampoo and a good lice removal tool such as Lice Services Canada products.

Lice is not fun and remember there are no quick fixes but it can be dealt with safely and effectively.  Get the facts and bust the myths. You and your teenager will get through this nuisance and it won’t be the end of the world.

Tea tree oil bottles

Does Tea Tree Oil Kill Lice?

Does tea tree oil really work against head lice? The short answer is no. In our experience we have observed that lice don’t like the smell of the tea tree oil. But to kill lice the answer is no.  It really is only good as a preventative measure.

Tea Tree Oil Lice Treatment

It’s a myth that tea tree oil can treat lice. At best, tea tree oil is a home remedy that you can use to protect your head from lice. However, it won’t be effective if you already have lice.

How Lice Services Canada Removes Lice

We simply use the specially designed Lice Services Canada Lice Comb to completely eradicate lice and eggs. When you schedule an appointment with Lice Services Canada, we’ll apply our special combing techniques in combination with our highly effective lice enzyme.  This process is done and then to break the life cycle of the lice we then do a follow up 3 to 5 days later.

Can I Treat Lice at Home?

Yes. After receiving lice treatment at our clinic, you can also buy our lice comb and mousse to treat everyone at home. The mousse is formulated with natural enzymes that help dissolve the glue that binds the egg to the hair shaft. This no-mess, no need to mix mousse is effective and easy to apply. Using the mousse with the Lice Services Comb will help ensure successful results.

Want to learn more about lice prevention and treatment? Check out this free handout.

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The best treatment for lice: It’s not what you think

What do people typically do for head lice? They often turn to over-the-counter gels, lotions and creams for treating lice. These are topical treatments applied to the head and left on for a few minutes or hours, and then rinsed off.  Are these lice treatments the best? Do they even actually work?

The issue with lice treatment products bought at the drug store is that they all contain insecticides and pesticides.  Some of these products can irritate the scalp. One has to be particularly careful when using them on children.  These products have been known to fail on many occasions.

Pesticides are generally 92 to 94 percent effective, which means that they leave behind 6 to 8 percent of the lice and eggs. The infestation can resurface after a couple of weeks, when the residual eggs hatch and lice lay more eggs. That's why the American Academy of American Dermatology (AAD) strongly recommends using a lice comb and physically removing lice and nits in order to completely get rid of lice.

The most effective strategy is to treat and then brush with a nit comb daily until there is no longer evidence of nits," says Paradi Mirmirani, M.D. 

These products also come with a lice comb. Most of these combs have their teeth too wide apart to trap tiny lice and eggs. You need to use a professional lice removal comb and follow the proper combing techniques to be successful.

Lice Service Canada has the products and skills to removal lice and eggs.  Our enzyme based topical treatments, special lice comb and skilled lice remove experts guarantee hassle-free lice removal with complete confidence. Call us at 613-482-1432 for an appointment at our clinic or in your home.  We can take care of you and your family safely and effectively.

Olive oil in a bottle

Is olive oil lice treatment a myth?

Olive oil is great for many reasons. Killing or removing lice isn’t one of them. There’s a home remedy doing the rounds, though. It requires you to combine olive oil with conditioner and liquid soap, apply it to your hair, leave it on for a few hours, rinse hair with vinegar, use a lice comb to remove dead lice, and repeat this process every week!

The Truth About Olive Oil Lice Treatment

The process described above might have been people’s only choice in the Stone Age. But these days no one has the time or nerves to sit for a few hours with olive oil and soap dripping from the hair and rinsing this mess with vinegar. And you’ll still have to use a lice comb and do the drill every week. So you tell me, does it seem to you that olive oil can really rid you of lice?

Why Olive Oil Won’t Work

The fact is that olive oil, and other oils for that matter, kill only grown up lice and louse by depriving them of the oxygen to breathe. For this to happen, you literally have to drown the lice in oil for many hours. As for the nits, they’re hard-shelled eggs housing lice embryos. Their impenetrable cocoon is impervious to anything you put on your hair. Olive oil is no exception. 

The Easier Way to Get Rid of Lice

We have an easier and more effective way to fight and remove lice. Just swing by our clinic and our lice removal experts will take a close look at your head. They will remove the lice and eggs through gentle and meticulous combing combined with our natural enzyme-based mousse. We’ll also treat your hat, coat, car, and other personal items where lice are suspected. 

Here’s What You Should Do

Do not waste time and get messy using home remedies that simply don’t work. Save that olive oil for a salad and call us for an appointment today. We’ll make sure you are 100% lice-free by the end of your follow up visit. You can also buy our natural, no-mess mousse and highly effective comb to occasionally treat yourself or your kids, so that your family never gets lice.

Lice removal products

Lice Shampoo: Does it really kill lice?

The moment you discover that you or the kids have lice, the first reaction is to rush to the drug store and buy a lice shampoo. It seems very easy to just kill and wash away the lice except it doesn’t work.  If you have dealt with lice before, you know that the lice can be very resilient and that you need to break the life cycle of the bugs.

Do lice shampoos kill lice?

Truth be told, most of the lice shampoos do not 100% kill lice. And none of them can kill the eggs (nits). It is only a matter of days before the eggs hatch.  This cycle will continue unless you manually remove all of the eggs and lice.

How over-the-counter lice shampoos work

The way these products work is that the lice ingest the shampoo and the theory is that the bugs will die.   But now the lice have developed resistance to these products and the media have now started calling them “super lice”.

The correct way to eliminate lice

At Lice Services Canada we use our lice shampoo which is plant based enzyme.  It is a natural product that you can use repeatedly with short intervals, breaking the lifecycle of the lice. With this shampoo and our professional comb coupled with our exclusive removal techniques we will have you lice free quickly and efficiently.

What to do next

Call us at 613-482-1432 and we will answer all your lice questions. We are happy to share our knowledge with you.  Not sure it is lice?  Take a picture and send it to us. We will do a free diagnosis for you.  Our team of experts have been answering questions and removing lice for over ten years.  Trust the original lice experts in Ottawa – Lice Services Canada.

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Expert lice removal tips from Lice Services Canada

If the mere mention of the word “lice” makes you cringe, wait until you or your kids have them. Lice can attack the best of us, but the good news is they’re easy to get rid of. At Lice Services Canada, our experts suggest the following steps to help you with your lice infestation.

Look before you touch

One of the easiest ways to check is looking at the crown of the head before you touch the hair.  Often you will see movement if there is lice present.  Once you touch the hair they will scurry away making them harder to find.

Know where to look

If you didn’t see any movement at the crown of the head you need to look for the eggs. Lice tend to lay eggs is along the hairline, at the nape of the neck, behind the ears and around the bangs.   The eggs are tear shaped and are glued to one side of the hair shaft as close as 2mm to the scalp.  This makes them difficult to see and remove if you have never done this before.

Avoid drug store products

Don’t put too much faith in lice products that you’ll find at the drug store. Many of them have pesticides or insecticides in them.  Some of them even claim to kill eggs.  There is nothing on the market which kills eggs. You must remove all the eggs to be successful.  These products also have you do a retreat in 10 days.  The best way to rid yourself of lice is to break the life cycle and to do that you must retreat in 3-5 days.  To do that you need to use our natural product and our metal comb.

Follow the Lice Removal Checklist

If you have a lice situation at home, here’s a quick checklist you can follow:

  • Check to make sure you child actually has lice.  Do not treat people who do not have lice this is not necessary.  Not sure it’s lice?  Take a picture and send it to us for free diagnosis.
  • Using our natural product and our metal comb start removing the eggs and lice.
  • Two days after the initial treatment use conditioner and do another comb out.
  • Two to three days after that you need to do another treatment. You need to continue this until there are two clear comb outs two days apart.
  • Put all bedding, blankets, sheets, pillow cases, and pillows in the dryer and spin on high heat for 30 minutes. Water doesn’t kill lice, but heat does.
  • Decorative pillows, stuffed animals, and other items that cannot be placed in a dryer should be put away for 48 hours.
  • Thoroughly vacuum carpets, couches, helmets and car seats.  Anywhere the head has been needs to be vacuumed.

Call Lice Services Canada

Yes, you are right. Lice removal takes time. Be prepared to spend a busy weekend doing nothing else but fighting lice. Still, you can’t be sure if you’ll be 100% successful. We have lice removal experts who can help you banish lice from your life very quickly, using natural methods.   Remember what takes you 5-10 hours to remove lice from your child will only take us 2 hours.  It’s what we do and we are efficient and effective.  Visit our centrally located clinic or call us at 613-482-1432 and our mobile lice removal team will be right at your doorstep.

Lice removal mousse and combs

Lice removal success starts with the right lice removal comb

What really is a great comb?  Plastic, Metal, Electric? Read on to find out!

Plastic Combs

When you purchase the products from the drug store they come with a plastic comb.  So naturally you figure that this is the best comb because it came in the package.  Right?  Wrong.  These plastic combs are absolutely useless.  The tines are too far apart to grab anything.  All they do is cause a great amount of frustration.  Most people then just use their fingernails to try and get the eggs out.  This makes this job longer than necessary and frustrating because you can’t get everything out. 

Electric Combs

Electric combs can have a place in the eradication of lice.  They zap the live lice which is fantastic BUT they do nothing in the removal of the eggs.  The excitement of getting the live lice is short lived when the realization that the infestation is still there when those eggs keep hatching.  These combs must be used on dry hair.  If the person starts to sweat you will hear zapping and then you think you are killing lice.  This may not be the case and if it is being used as a checking tool it can lead to a misdiagnosis of lice.  If you do have lice you will need to switch combs for the treatment.

Metal Combs

Not all metal combs are equal.  There are ones being sold in the drug stores which are better than the plastic combs but are not the great comb.   The drug store versions look like they would be good but again the tines aren’t close enough together. They do leave eggs behind therefore allowing the infestation to continue. Once again you will resort to using your fingernails which again not efficient or effective.

Lice Services Canada Comb—It’s truly a great comb

Our comb is unique in that not only all the tines close together they have a metal twist that goes down the tine.  This design allows the comb to remove the eggs from the hair shaft plus removing the lice.  By using this unique comb you can be successful in the eradication of lice.  This comb also can withstand the cleaning for multiply uses if you have more than 1 head to treat. 

Text or call 613-482-1432 to set up an appointment – we’ll remove any lice from your hair and eggs that have not yet hatched. You can then come back in a few days to have us remove the rest of the eggs or you can purchase one of our great combs and our professional solution – we’ll make sure you know how to use both!

Boy washing hair with shampoo

Can You Drown Lice?

The short answer? Yes. But you will drown the human first.

If you try to drown lice, you would need to keep them submerged for more than 8 straight hours in order to ensure they have indeed drowned. No coming up for air. Adult lice can “hold their breath” for up to 8 hours – they close their air holes and stay where they are until they can breathe again.

Then, you would need to repeat the process a couple of days later when the nits hatch, because while you were drowning the adults, they were cozy in their hard-shelled eggs, impervious to everything, even lack of air.

So, the realistic answer is “No, you can’t drown lice.”

The best treatment for lice is to get them picked out by a professional – Lice Services Canada, for example – using the right comb. Even over-the-counter shampoos and products aren’t as effective as a well-trained professional wielding the proper comb.

Our experts have over 50 years of combined experience in lice removal. While it may take anywhere from 5 to 10 hours for you to remove lice from your child at home, it only takes us 2 hours. We use an effective enzyme-based treatment (safe for all ages), our specially designed Lice Services Canada Lice Comb and our unique combing technique to remove and eradicate lice and eggs. You can also buy our lice comb and shampoo to treat everyone at home.

It only takes two visits with us to be lice free – the initial treatment and a follow up 3 to 5 days later. All without having to turn your child’s scalp into a prune trying to drown a louse.

Want to learn more about lice prevention and treatment? Check out this free handout.

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6 simple tips to avoid head lice

  1. DON’T SHARE!!  Don’t share your hats, scarves, hair brushes or hair accessories.  This is probably the most important thing to remind your children.  Children love to share so they do need frequent reminders.
  2. COVER THE SEATS:  This tip is often overlooked.  Going to the movie?  Heading out on an airplane?  If the seat is cloth cover it with your coat, sweater or scarf.  This will keep the lice away from your head.
  3. KEEP EVERYTHING SEPARATE:  When there are family gatherings or events people tend to pile their coats in one place. It’s a great way for a louse to land on your coat and go home with you.
  4. SLEEPOVERS:  They are fun and enjoyable but a great place to bring home unwanted friends.  Make sure your child brings their own pillow and sleeping bag.  Don’t forget to remind them not to share.  When they get home toss everything in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes just in case.
  5. CHECK YOUR CHILD’S HEAD:  We all get busy but this should be a weekly routine.  Take a few minutes and check.  A great way to start before you touch the hair is look at the crown of the head.  If there are any bugs you’ll probably see them there.  Once you start to move the hair they will scurry away.  The best way to check is to use Lice Services Comb, check the hot spots, behind the ears, nape of the neck and the bangs.
  6. PREVENTATIVE SPRAYS:  These are great to use when your child is heading out to school or to a sleepover.  Sprays like Lice Services Canada Repel have a mint scent that lice don’t like.  Remember adding a scent or buying scented shampoos don’t work because the scent usually washes down the drain when you rinse it out.